CIA ‘ran secret prison for al-Qaeda’ in Lithuanian riding school

A former horse riding school in the tiny Baltic state of Lithuania was used as a secret CIA prison to hold and interrogate top al-Qaeda terrorists, it has been claimed.By Andrew Osborn in Moscow, The Telegraph/UK, Nov 19, 2009

Training center of the Lithuanian State Security Department: CIA 'ran secret prison for al-Qaeda' in Lithuanian riding school

A photo taken on November 19, 2009 shows a training center of the Lithuanian State Security Department, the country’s domestic intelligence agency, in Antavilis near Vilnius Photo: AFP/GETTY

The allegations have sparked a parliamentary inquiry after President Dalia Grybauskaite said she harboured “indirect suspicions” that such a facility existed.

According to unnamed former intelligence operatives quoted by ABC News, the CIA built the secret jail in 2004 and used it for more than a year, flying in at least eight suspected al-Qaeda terrorists from Afghanistan.

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